Get A Brand-New WardrobeΓÇª From Your Own Closet! Refashion Queen Angelina of BlueprintDIY – DivaGals Interview Exclusive!By Delaina Dixon | April 16, 2019 | Food Fashion Style
Divas, have you ever looked into your closet and thought, ΓÇ£I have nothing to wear.ΓÇ¥ Well, we know a fashionista Diva whoΓÇÖs here to change your mind. Angelina is the refashion genius behind BlueprintDIY, where she shows us all how to make our clothing as ΓÇ£unique as us.ΓÇ¥
The Houston-based designer not only refashions pieces that are already in her closet, but sheΓÇÖs also a master thrifter, finding incredible deals at a steal and turning them into runway-ready pieces.
We are in awe, so we had to share AngelinaΓÇÖs greatness. Read on for our exclusive interview, and for the exciting news AngelinaΓÇÖs breaking right here at DivaGalsDaily!
Why did you start the BlueprintDIY channel?
I was never really been happy with the way retail clothes fit me, and also, I’ve never been satisfied with the quality of clothes I could afford. I started altering my clothes on a smaller scale but I was doing it quite a bit. I thought IΓÇÖm doing this too much not to share, and I’m sure I’m not the only woman in the world who feels like this. I felt really compelled to share and start this YouTube channel.
Do you have a fashion background?
I actually have a degree in architecture and an architecture license. But I’ve always been interested in fashion and I’ve been consuming it for the last few years. I find that I like to change, I donΓÇÖt like to stay the same for long. I keep up with the trends and runway shows because they are always changing, and I feel I can change with it. I really get a lot of inspiration from runway shows but I get inspiration from everywhere. When you find your passion, you do get it from everyone. I get it from TV, from Pinterest — and I also get a lot of inspiration from my subscribers. They give me lots of suggestions that turn into great videos.
If someone is starting out with refashioning, whatΓÇÖs one easy project to try?
ItΓÇÖs definitely cutting t-shirts. People can be so afraid of cutting, so I always say start here. It doesnΓÇÖt take a whole lot of skills, and it can help you get over the fear of actually cutting into clothing. People are ok with cutting into fabric, but cutting clothing can be scary. Once you get over it, you can move on to harder projects.
What are your top three secrets to thrifting?
Number one: Go Often. A lot of people get disappointed when they go to the thrift store, and they say I didnΓÇÖt find anything. Thrift stores get new things every single day. I’m not saying go every day, I donΓÇÖt even go every week anymore, but go often enough where you are available to find things. ItΓÇÖs like going on a treasure hunt, you have to be available to find the treasure. The more you go the more likely you are to find that amazing thing.
The next thing for me is to know the trends if youΓÇÖre trendy or know your own style. If you know the trends, or what youΓÇÖre looking for in your own style, those pieces wonΓÇÖt pass you by. If you don’t know the trends then you won’t know the things that you’re passing by and not picking up that are actual gems.
The last thing I would say; I know some people go to the thrift store and they are completely overwhelmed. I would say just go and hone your eye on one section and start there, move the clothes around go through it. What happens to me often is that I find just a couple of items and start getting into it, and then I can go nuts! It takes a little bit of warming up.
WhatΓÇÖs been your best thrifting find ever?
I do have one all-time favorite thrift find. ItΓÇÖs not any clothing that I found for myself. In the outlet on $.50 day, I found brand new horse-riding pants. There were 30 pair, and I got all 30 and I sold them on Amazon. ThatΓÇÖs how I got my serger. It just shows that not everything you go and find at the thrift store is something for yourself. Sometimes it can turn into an opportunity.
What do you hope people get out of your channel?
Blueprint DIY is going to change the way people look at sustainable fashion. Currently, there are people who care about sustainable fashion, so they buy from eco-conscious brands, but they can be bland. There are people who care about the environment so they make their own clothes. And there are some, many, who just donΓÇÖt know if they want to get on the bandwagon one way or another. I donΓÇÖt, IΓÇÖm giving up something else. I want to show that you don’t have to choose between looking bland or being sustainable. You can have it all.
And your ultimate dream piece to design?
My dream is to do a whole upcycle runway collection, and itΓÇÖs not a dream anymore. IΓÇÖm actually doing one this year. I havenΓÇÖt even announced it on my channel yet. That is in the works right now, and IΓÇÖm super excited about it.
So are we! For more of Angelina, visit her YouTube page Blueprint DIY.